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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I found this temple, so beautiful and peaceful. Take your time and look carefully, do not rush past and miss some amazing sights. Not only beautiful inside, but just as you enter, the temple take your time to look outside.

The only thing that spoilt this place was the ugly blue tarps of the stall holders at the main gate. The gate is lovely, but you cant see it properly.

The Burmese temple is located directly opposite this temple.

Visited February 2013
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“Penangs Reclining Buddha”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a typical buddhist temple thaistyle. Always peaceful and nice to visit. Built by a monk from Thailand in 1845. This monk had a preference for Penangs local dish Laksa, therefore I'm told there are offering of this dish made to the monks shrine.

Inside you'll find a 33 meter long reclining Buddha. The 14th largest in the world. On the back of the statues foundation you'll find several small shrines with urns keeping the ashes of devotees.

Not the most spectacular buddhist temple, but still worth a visit. Whilst there you must also check out the Burmese temple (Dhammikarama) across the road.

Visited January 2013
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“Thai transcendent sparkley arkely”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Also known as the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, this place of prayer and meditation can be found across the road from the Burmese Temple of the Standing Buddha, on Burma Road. The statue of Buddha is covered with gold leaf, and at 33 metres in length, one of the longest reclining Buddhas in Asia. It is said that this depiction of Buddha is at the moment of his death. Here Buddha is lying on his right side and facing West, the direction of the setting sun and the realm of death. It is said that the Buddha, born in Nepal, after a lifetime of wandering Asia, finally, at the age of 80, reached Enlightenment and died, uttering his last words: "Impermanent are all created things. Strive on with awareness." The Temple is built on land given to the small Thai community in Penang by Queen Victoria in 1845. Penang is close to the Thai border, so finding Thai settlers is not surprising. This is a very beautiful place to be. The day we visited there was much activity as the congregation prepared for a religious festival of some kind. There were people in the kitchen and much flurrying. It is permitted to take photographs, even in the main pavilion housing the Buddha. Inside you will find a mix of tourists and congregation, all going about being tourists and being a congregation without any apparent disruptions. Behind the statue there are small boxes in the walls containing the ashes of people who have passed.Thai people have mastered the art of bling to a very high level, so everywhere you look there is sparkley arkley going on and a riot of architectural detail and colour, which in a sense transforms the place and creates a sense of other worldliness. All of this helps people to enter into another state of mind in order to pray. When you enter any of the pavilions you must take off your shoes. They are always where you left them, so don't worry. This is definitely a photo shoot event, so take your camera. Nobody minds you taking as many photos as you like. When you are done, you can wander across the road and do the whole thing again in a Burmese environment in the Temple of the Standing Buddha.

Visited January 2013
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The temple has not changed overmuch since I visited when I was stationed here in the late 1960's. There is still the same ambience of peace and tranquiliity. The grounds have changed very little except for the small temple on the righthand side of the car park. This temple is well worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
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“nice place”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

calm and windy temple, all r speaking in thai i guess.. gud place to have an idea about what other cultures traditions.

Visited January 2013
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